Another England men's player under investigation for historical racism on social media

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08 Jun 2021 | 04:31 AM
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Another England men's player under investigation for historical racism on social media

The cricketer, who was not even 16 when he posted that tweet, has appeared in Test matches this year

Just a day after England seamer Ollie Robinson was suspended from all international cricket pending an inquiry after historic racist and sexist tweets were unearthed last week, Wisden.com published offensive tweets from another England player on Monday (June 7).

The cricketer, who was not even 16 when he posted that tweet, is currently being investigated. The publication have chosen not to name him because he was a minor at the time of the tweet. Meanwhile, Sportsmail reported that the player has appeared in Test matches this year.

"It has been brought to our attention that an England player has posted historic offensive material on their social media account. We are looking into it and will make a further comment in due course," a spokesperson for the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

Meanwhile, Robinson's tweets resurfaced last Wednesday, the first day of his Test debut at Lord's, against New Zealand. In a fine debut performance at the Mecca of Cricket, he took seven wickets in the match. At the close of the first day's play, the 27-year-old apologised and said he was going through a difficult period in his life when he posted the racist tweets as an 18-year-old.

"I want to make it clear that I'm not racist and I'm not sexist. I deeply regret my actions, and I am ashamed of making such remarks. I was thoughtless and irresponsible, and regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person and fully regret the tweets," Robinson had said.

However, his apology was not enough as the ECB suspended him after the end of the first Test while initiating a disciplinary investigation. Robinson will not be available for the second Test against New Zealand, which begins at Edgbaston on Thursday.

A statement from the ECB said: "England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation following historic tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.

"He will not be available for selection for the second Test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday (June 10). Robinson will leave the England camp immediately and return to his county."

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